Proof that the wild and wacky consumer electronics coming out of Japan are making their way onto retail shelves here, Sony has announced its AIBO robot will be sold at selected Sony and David Jones stores across Australia.
AIBO is a robotic dog designed to be the lifestyle accessory for those who want a pet but live too hectic a lifestyle to look after one. Standing for Artificial Intelligence roBOt, AIBO also means companion in Japanese and was created to bridge the gap between humans and technology and to highlight the possibilities of interactions between the two, according to Sony.
Sony Central dealers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth will sell AIBO. David Jones is also offering the product in its five premium stores in Market St, Sydney, Bourke St in Melbourne, Queen St in Brisbane, Rundell Mall in Adelaide and Hay St, Perth. Sony has also set up an adoption line for telephone orders.
The robot is the second generation of AIBO technology to be released. Almost 95,000 units have been sold around the world since the original launch in Japan in 1999.
The robot responds to interaction with its human owner. AIBO can take photos on command using a digital camera located in his nose, react to voice commands, play games and express six different emotions.
Orders have already started for the product, which will be available from August. Apart from AIBO itself, which will retail for $3000, a range of software and accessories will also be sold through retailers.